Friday, December 23, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Loving Shepherd,
    When our actions harm and our words wound, bring us into the fold of your presence and soothe our nerves and calm our fears.  Help those who have felt the sting of our rebuke to heal and find their peace.  Forgive us, O Lord, for our sins and mold us anew in your love and vision. Give us the discernment of clear seeing and thinking and nurture us in the waters of your mercy and the bread of your loving kindness. May Jesus give us the peace of now and forevermore. AMEN

Thursday, December 22, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
   Our prayer is one of brokenness and longing.  The world is fractured and humanity lies bleeding.  We truly do need a savior.  We cannot do it by ourselves; our very humanness prevents us.  Our ego, pride, arrogance and unknowing prevents us from healing.  Yes, we are amazing in our technology and our art but in our relationships and ideology we need help, O God.   This Christmas we place ourselves in the nativity of your mercy and the manger of your healing love. AMEN

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Dear God,
     As we journey closer and closer to the nativity of new life, may the star of faith that guides us be the clarifying light of wisdom and personal evaluation. Help us, God, to see ourselves in the light of your grace and perceive the world around us with intelligence, humor and insight. With every step, might we be emptied of a past of dis-ease and filled with the mystery of new hope and wellness in you. AMEN

Monday, December 19, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Dear God,
     We are people who need to live in hope.  Even in the face of loss, fear or despair, we need to believe that our life matters and that circumstances can improve. In you, God, lies our hope.  You are the energy of the universe that lifts us up in your image and does not give way to despair but believes by faith that we can triumph.  Keep us alive in your vision and your faith in us to persevere.  Like the Holy family at Christmas, we will make our journey without knowing the conclusion but believing in your mercy and love. AMEN

Sunday, December 18, 2016

MorningPrayer Sunday

Holy Lord,
     Gentle is the hush of morning; smelling of flute music and purring violins. In the sanctuary of your pink sunrise might we know peace and harmony. Empty of us of soot and creosote and create of us, hollow vessels that receive your love and are filled with your grace. Flow into us and through us, O God, and saturate us in your Holiness and blaze new paths of mystery in our own spirit. May we leap high from the ground and become one with you in the wonder of Jesus birth. AMEN

Friday, December 16, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Good Morning, a personal prayer.  My mother's husband, Stan Stultz died last evening.

Dear God,
    In your Holiness and love, we lift up our hearts in prayer.  The line between life and death is thin and we, your people, are fragile  In sadness and loss many feel alone in this moment and fearful of the future.   Embrace us in your loving grace and enfold us with angel wings of infinite compassion and melodies of sweet eternal life. May the gift of Christmas lodge in all of our hearts and the Christ child be the gift of hope and joy now and forevermore. AMEN

Thursday, December 15, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
    The frozen sun has dragged the morning into afternoon.  The shadows are heavy on the ground but crisp and fresh is the air.  In the warmth of our caves we sniff the baking bread and watch the fires glow in the stove. If the serenity in the home could slide like shadows across the ground and coast in the crisp air, then surely, peace would be on earth and humanity would tremble in the joy of life, love and a God of wonder and grace.  And then, free from greed and hate filled ideology we could be one. We pray that it might be so. AMEN

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Dear God,
    May we be set free from desires that keep us in bondage to that which we don't have and that which we might never attain. May we be loosened from attachments that cause dis-ease and sickness that is not curable or beyond healing. Only in our attachment and need for you, can we be set free and live without limitations and chains.  In your love and in your grace might we be healed and saved. AMEN

Monday, December 12, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Dear God,
    In the midst of luxury, some of us pray this prayer.  How fortunate we are. How blessed or lucky or something.  So many of your people are displaced, homeless, living in extreme poverty, war zones, or diseased by hate, bitterness, disease and extreme dis-ease. So we pause in the middle of our day to give thanks, to lift up hands in praise, to fold them in prayer, to be aware of and recognize what we have. In gratitude, joy and contentment will fill our hearts and we will know love and peace. AMEN

Sunday, December 11, 2016

MorningPrayer Sunday

Dear God,
    Today, we pray for all those who offer their gifts and lives in service to you; who lift up your name and kingdom in thanks, praise and action.  By so doing, they place themselves in the middle of the human drama of joy and sorrow, life and death. May they be strong and sensitive in their actions as they follow Jesus in what they say and do.  May they be infused with the Holy Spirit and your Divine Wisdom. May they always follow that star of new life and love. AMEN

Friday, December 9, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Dear God,
     What miracle might the day bring?  What unexpected treasure might occur that sweeps us off our feet, makes us gasp, and proclaim, "Praise! Holy Cow, OMG!" May we be open, awake and aware of that which is amazing and special and profound.  May we be receptive to the Holy Spirit and divine intrigue.  May we feel and know that moment of exhilaration when our mind is touched by the very essence of creation and we know that you are with us. See, hear, touch Jesus. AMEN


Thursday, December 8, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
      The tattered treetops scatter the clouds like foam from crashing waves.  Black specs of crows ride the waves calling the chaos into life.  Our own spirits rise and dip and soar in the tumult and our hearts are filled with the wonder of life created and creating.  Immersed in the possibilities we ride the potential, a constellation in the sky and shout to the heavens, "Our Lord and God!"  AMEN


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Dear God,
     Can you see our face?  Our faces when we are afraid or concerned.  Our faces when we are angry or unhappy.  Our faces when we laugh and have joy.  Our faces as we meditate or pray in serenity.
Can you enter into our heart and soul, our mind and spirit and soothe and participate in our longings and our wholeness? Dear God, are you with us in the daily emotions and events of our daily life?  May we pause in our doing and being and recognize you as part of us, as the ground of our being and the sky in which we soar. AMEN




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MorningPrayer Tuesday

Dear God,
    May we walk in the beauty of a guilt-free conscience, forgiven and redeemed. We confess that we have sinned individually and collectively.  The human race is fallen and we have tumbled also. Only you can bring us into wellness and wholeness.  You have shown the way in Jesus who has walked in perfection and harmony, one in the Spirit and one is love. Let us also be free of our burdens to walk in unity of the Spirit and joy and peace in our hearts. AMEN

Monday, December 5, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Holy Lord,
    Solemnly, quietly, gently we start the day.  In a hushed whisper we murmur a prayer.  A prayer of gratitude, a prayer of compassion, a petition of care and kindness.  We ask for angel wings of flying vision and a harp of sweet joy.  We ask for sandals of humility and a crown of justice. We ask for a garment of righteousness and a hand of mercy for all.  We ask to be like you, Lord. In you we pray. AMEN

Sunday, December 4, 2016

MorningPrayer Sunday

Dear God,
    Rain is washing our land, flowing waters finger across the fields, filling streams, rivers and lakes.  That which was parched is being quenched. That which was hot and burning is being extinguished.  Sometimes, we are parched and burning up with lack and needs.  We need filling with the Spirit of love.  Our fevers need to be quelled in the hope and promise of life with meaning. Our souls need the grace of eternal understanding and purposeful life. Fill us, O God. Immerse us in your very being. AMEN

Saturday, December 3, 2016

MorningPrayer Saturday

Dear God,
      If we are tense with serious faces, frowns and lines of stress--then we need relief.  Please ease our unhappy countenance and give us lines of mirth.  Turn our downcast looks, whines and snarls into laughter and joy.  Help us to enjoy life, one another and ourselves.  It is only now that we have and we pray that you, God, will give us the eternal now of grace and love and peace. AMEN
   

Friday, December 2, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Dear God,
     May we have patience to deal with those things we find irritating or ego deflating.  Help us to deal with one another gently and with grace.  Help us to move through our day, not seeing conflicts but seeing opportunities. May we be inspired and creative, using our potential in imaginative holy ways. May we find Jesus as mentor and guide along the way. AMEN

Thursday, December 1, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,    
        We are beginning to decorate our homes and our hearts with Christmas.  We place the evergreen of belief in the center of our soul and hang lights of hope across the windows of our mind. The ornaments of memory we hold in prayer before our eyes.  The Santa's of mirth take away our despair as we place Jesus in the creche of  reverent praise. Let us not race and fret but let us gently and peacefully advent the season of wonder and mystery.  In harmony and quiet splendor may we move in your spirit this season, O God. AMEN

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Dear God,
     We pray for those whose lives have been torn and twisted by events beyond their control.  May we all rest in your hands of caring and compassion and float in the assurance of faith. Help us to maintain a spirit of belief and love.  Help us to keep mystery and wonder in our hearts as we move forward in your grace.  For you are God of salvation and hope, though maybe dim at times, is never dead.  Be the vision and support of our heart and mind. In Jesus, we pray. AMEN

Monday, November 28, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Dear God,
      We need your help.  We have tried to heal ourselves. We have tried to mend our wounds. We have tried to alleviate stress, anxieties, fears, shame, guilt frustrations and failures, and all to often we have failed.  We have tried remedies. conversation, medicine,  therapies, and all to often we have failed.  We cast ourselves upon you and your infinite mercy. We seek your touch for compassionate healing and wellness. We ask the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives and purify, cleanse and make whole. We will continue to do our part but we need you, our living God. AMEN

Thursday, November 24, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
    On  this traditional day of thanksgiving, we do pause and give thanks.   In the abundance that many of us enjoy;   food, family, comforts  and activities,  we do pause and recognize our blessings  and the gifts of life and options that we enjoy.  in gratitude to you, God,  we give thanks for we are truly among the fortunate.  in joy, we celebrate this love. AMEN

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MorningPrayer Tuesday

Dear God,
      A week of thankfulness is ahead of us. A time to reflect on our blessings and gifts. And yet, in the middle of  our gratitude we are aware of losses, especially our loved ones. And so, we give thanks for the people who have cared for us and contributed to who we are. May we be worthy of their dreams for us and your vision for us, God. AMEN

Monday, November 21, 2016

MorningPrayer

Dear morning prayer reader,
  I am back.  On a trip and haven't been able to sign in but have now figured it out.
   Prayer blessings to you.
    Keith




Dear God,
      May the mighty winds of the Spirit infuse us with power, energy and joy.
      May the silence of the Spirit saturate us with Holy thoughts and compassionate love.
       In gratitude may we walk in beauty and the harmony the Spirit gives and creates in our lives.
       In the mystery of the Divine truth, we pray.
AMEN
     
   

Friday, November 18, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Dear God,
    We step outside and stand very still...
    The very air is a Holy hush.,,
    Between heart beats, before the directors wand slashes and  cymbals crash we stand exposed before the throne of the Most High.  There is no turning back from this moment, we most go forward off the mountain and into the valley of shadows. We are filled with promise and expectancy.         We overflow with your vision and your love.
      The very air explodes and the day begins as the violins expand the universe and the basses support creations longing.  We fill the gaps as part of your grace. AMEN

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MorningPrayer Tuesday

Dear God,
     Just as Jesus reached out and touched the blind, the lame, the leper, the Samaritan, the gentile; might we also reach out and touch the "others" among us with acceptance, understanding and tolerance.  May we offer the water of kindness and the bread of compassion to all among us.  May our ideals of loving kindness be universal and may we be expressive of the  very soul and spirit of the living Christ. AMEN

Monday, November 14, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Dear God,
    Sometimes the ugliness and stress of the time causes us to forget the beauty that surrounds us.  Reconnect us with that which is beautiful, inspiring and awesome.  Let us have a new image of that which is gorgeous and stunning.  Fill us full of the hopefulness found in the music of the maestros, the images of the masters, the landscapes of your creative touch.  May the universe explode in our souls with a taste of brilliance and fill us full of love. In the beauty of grace we pray. AMEN

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Morningprayer Sunday

Holy God,
    May this sabbath be a time of silence and inner serenity.
    May it be a place of solitude, contemplation and gentle peace.
    May it be a beginning for patience, wisdom and clarity.
    May it be reflective of  us as people of faith.
In Jesus name, we pray,
AMEN

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Good morning God,
     Today is a sad troubling day for many of us. It is difficult to understand the choice of President that was made.   For the past year we have heard Trump express sentiments that are against everything we value and hold as moral in human relations. That he has been supported in his rhetoric is an indictment of our culture and people.   Do we really believe this, or were we pulled into political ranting and raving. It has been divisive, racist, sexist, mean-spirited and certainly not Christian in its focus and content. It is not the values that Jesus expressed or that the Bible shares of love, forgiveness, compassion and tolerance. I am dismayed and pessimistic about this choice. 
     It remains to be seen whether he truly means what he has said and will pull our country further down this path.   With your help, God, we ask the Holy Spirit to give us a large dose of wisdom, clarity and kindness.  We need to elevate our values of goodness, acceptance, understanding and love to a higher level.  We need to be as Jesus would have us be, to not only believe in the Regin of God and its values but to practice it to a higher level of compassion and love. Help us God. AMEN
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MorningPrayer Tuesday

Dear God,
   For our country we pray as we  continue with the privilege and responsibility of living in this process we call democracy.  May we vote with wisdom, discernment and clarity as we move towards a purpose that is consistent with the Kingdom of God. May we all strive for the greater good of equality and recognition of all as valued, and supported. May our religious values as expressed by the compassionate one, Jesus of Nazareth translate to us in our own neighborhoods.  In his name, we pray. AMEN

Monday, November 7, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Lord With Us,
  We have no fear because you are with us.  We draw the breath of composure and faith, knowing that you live in  that breath and fill us full to overflowing.  As the sunlight fills the morning spaces, so in you, are we immersed in hope and trust.  No trembling nor tears of despair, have we --only the faces of gladness and  the songs of praise, these are our thoughts and actions of life. In Jesus we pray, AMEN

Sunday, November 6, 2016

MorningPrayer Sunday

Dear God,
    In the sanctuary of our daily space, where our inner thoughts meet outer limits we seek a Holy moment, the line between the known and the unknown.  We are not afraid of mystery.  We embrace miracles.  We are transformed by the unknown. We are challenged by you, God, to live on the mountain and be people who fills the gaps with our love,  By your grace, we will so do and be, AMEN

Friday, November 4, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Holy God,
     Late leaves whisper in the tree  tops this morning, reluctant to leave their dwelling and return home to the earth. The breeze whispers of new possibility in the day yet begun. We see your face in the garden and feel your touch, welcoming us into life beautiful and eternal. May we pause in the moment, experience the divine and know the transforming power of your presence.  Let us begin again, this day. AMEN

Thursday, November 3, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
   For the many blessings we have, we give thanks...for instance...
-even if we don't like our job, at least we have one.
-if we have trouble with our memory, at least we remember that we don't always remember.
-for our house that needs repairs, at least we have a roof over our heads.
-for our country, however imperfect, at least we have freedoms.
-for loved ones we have had in our lives, their spirit is always with us.
    In gratitude, we give thanks for your presence in our lives and for the wholeness, wellness and healing grace in which we live. AMEN

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MorningPrayer Wednesday

Dear God,
Take us and use us this day as tools prepared to do good.
    If we are dull, sharpen us.
    If we are rusty, oil us.
    If we are sputtering, gas us up.
    If we are broken, heal us.
    If we are afraid of our purpose,  redirect us to the maunal of use.
    If we are lost, search for us, find us, love us.
In your service, we live.
AMEN


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MorningPrayer Tuesday

Dear God,
    Sometimes we have days of frustration, stress and discomfort.  What do we do? What choices do we make? Do we cry, get angry, retreat or attack? Do we have a living faith response? Do we dip into the well of living water flowing from the center of creation? Flowing from your love.  Flowing from  your body in grace. Do we pause in the silence of holiness and whisper a prayer that heals and saves? Has our years of faith become in us a deep reservoir, a communion with you? Yes. AMEN

Monday, October 31, 2016

MorningPrayer Monday

Dear God,
    Considering creation and us creatures that inhabit the earth; we sure are a varied, diverse, unique,  breathing, blood-flowing, thinking, feeling, acting, habit  driven creatures.  Each in our way, doing our God given nature born, inherited, DNA motivated action.  And yet, here we are, with choices and consequences. We choose life, we choose the Holy Spirit, we choose Jesus, we choose you. AMEN


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

MorningPrayer Sunday

Dear God,
      Sometimes we get lost in a maze: the world is confusing and our thoughts can be even more convoluted. We twist and squirm, running in circles and can't seem to find our way to clarity of emotion and mind. Help us to focus our very being in that which is truly important.  Help us to center ourselves in the glory and wonder of your love for us and of our love for each other. In you, who have given to us, we pray. AMEN





Saturday, October 29, 2016

MorningPrayer Saturday

Dear God,
     Surrounded by sounds of the morning, the typical, the normal, the everyday we wake and move, beginning our daily routine.  Help us to be awake, aware, sensitive to the sounds of our day. May we pause and listen, oh so carefully to our breath, our heart and the world pulsing about us. Awake, aware, sensitive and in communion, we become one with the loving Christ and the eternal God. AMEN

Friday, October 28, 2016

MorningPrayer Friday

Dear God,

Let us walk in beauty and see life as an art form.
Let us be in harmony and know the unity of all things past, present and future.
Let us live in truth and experience creation as the Godly breath and blood.
In all our being and doing might we be of
        love that passes all understanding
        peace that rejoices in communion
        grace that forgives and gives hope.
In Jesus we pray,
AMEN
     

Thursday, October 27, 2016

MorningPrayer Thursday

Dear God,
    "Slow us down....We go to fast
    We got to make....The moment last."
Stop
Pause
Breathe.
Empty us of stress.
Holy Spirit fill us full,
Read slowly.
Pray slowly.
Move slowly.
Dear God,
     Hold our hand as we move today.
AMEN
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